CENTERBURG — Austin Junior Allen, 82, of Centerburg, a member and former elder of the Centerburg Church of Christ, left his Earthly family to join his Heavenly one Saturday, July 29, 2017, while surrounded by his loving family.

He was born Sept. 2, 1934, in Athens County, Ohio, and attended Nelsonville High School.

He earned his certificate of Completion of Apprenticeship in the trade of Painting and Decorating in 1954. After serving as an apprentice painter with Mollenauer Painting, he, along with his brother Bob, started Allen Brothers Painting from which he retired after 35 years. He was known to lend a helping hand or guidance if there was a painting job to be completed.

Austin enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, wintering in Punta Gorda, Florida, and helping his wife, Shirley. He also enjoyed visiting and was involved with the Murray City Railroad Depot Improvement.

Austin is survived by his daughters, Jeri (Don) Hall of Johnstown and Shawna Young of Centerburg; daughter-in-law, CeAnn Allen-Linstedt (Randy) of Centerburg; grandchildren, Chris (Megan) Hall of Palm City, Florida, Mike (Tina) Barber of Centerburg, Austin (Courtney) Allen of Centerburg and Aubrie Allen of Columbus; great-grandchildren, Preston and Blake Barber of Centerburg and Ava, Kensey and Dean Hall of Palm City, Florida; brothers, George (Penny) Pancake of Bloomingville, Ohio and James (Marya) Pancake of Cardington; many nieces and nephews.

Austin was preceded in death by his loving wife of 56 years, Shirley (Robinson) Allen; his son, Charles “Chuck” Allen; a brother, Robert Allen; and mother and father, Forest and James Pancake.

The family would like to express a heartfelt thank you to his caregivers, Alicia Spinosi, Steven Smithson and Kaitlyn Callahan.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, Aug. 2, from 4-8 p.m., at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, SR 3 @ 61, Sunbury. Funeral services celebrating Austin’s life will be held on Thursday, Aug. 3, at 11 a.m., at the Centerburg Church of Christ, 3830 Columbus Road, Centerburg, with Pastor Daryn Dawes officiating. Burial will follow in East View Cemetery.
The DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home of Sunbury is honored to serve the Allen family.

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